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About Threads
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Threads records indications of conversations and events important to Explorers Foundation, because somehow pertinent to the emergence of freeorder. If something in one of these interests you (beyond following the links provided), please contact us. Everything here has something to do with something our own visible region of freeorder network(s) is actually involved in.
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Many of the things found in Threads will be found, in greater detail, collected in Vortices.
 
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Vortices: Threads contain references to vortices, pages that record resources, discussions, and investments, relevant to Explorers Foundation areas of focus and investment.
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Vortices, are born, die, evolve, merge, split, flow, and evolve.
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A list of current Explorers Foundation Vortices •••
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References to vortices: “v” + the name, e.g. vGuardian
 
Explorers & freeorder — what’s good for explorers within each of us and among us. Explorers — everyone with strong imagination, curiosity, wonder; lovers of personally given or found aspects of the world, who endeavor to do something about and for what they love — with persistence, imagination, and integrity.
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freeorder : the vision and concept guiding Explorers Foundation and other ∮forge*
 
freeorder welds together free & order to ensure that never again will the two concepts be thought to be in opposition to one another.
freeorder expresses the idea that orders arising from freedom work best for all of us who wish to use our full powers of imagination, reason, and action in pursuit of happiness and in service to people and things we love.
More extensive description of freeorder •••
* ∮forge is an abbreviation of “integrating freeorder generator,” an institutional form essential to the full emergence of freeorder, in various ways, among all of the world’s cultures, resulting in a “concert of civilizations,” a phrase used by James C. Bennett ••• author of The Anglosphere Challenge.
 
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Definitions of freeorder:
• What’s good for explorers within each of us and among us.
• A balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest, venture, and error correction.
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The conjecture implied by the second definition is that Hayek’s insights into kinds of order are useful in thought and productive in action and will remain so as the world of freeorder evolves.
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The word quest indicates an aesthetics guided pattern of explorations. The romantic implications of the word are fundamental. The emergence of freeorder, within each of us and among us depends on fierce balances of romantic idealism and ruthless rationality.
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How Explorers Foundation can be simultaneously liberal and conservative.
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We are liberal (in the original and future meaning) in that we are for the freedom of every individual to imagine, think, act, and collaborate; and we are conservative to the extent that what we seek to conserve is exactly the same freedom. Such conservation of liberty requires saying “no” to some visible good things, and thereby protecting many many essential but invisible good things.
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Freeorder Bridge 0.95 ••• version 0.95
Freeorder Bridge: from here to there ••• version 0.95 — a five page article (pdf) about how we will cross a seemingly impossibly wide strait. The metaphor of a suspension bridge is used to begin discussion of a centuries old chain of insights and actions that have enabled and will continue to enable the emergence of freeorder.
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Weavers of freeorder
Weavers of freeorder are pattern finders, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs, connection makers who work for all who discover that their home is Open Network.
Open Network names a freeorder comprised of and arising from all aspects of the world in which an explorer of sovereign spirit may rejoice. It is old. No one invented it.
freeorder is a balance among designed and spontaneous orders that serves quest.
Quest is an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations in course of which resonance grows.
Resonance is the expectation of magical flow, an emergent awareness arising from a fusing, in present action, of curiosity, intensity, sensitivity, integrity, and wonder.
These capabilities of human beings are the reason why Open Network came into being, why it continues to exist, and why it is inextinguishable.
 
 
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Hayek, on order, and how freeorder connects his “kinds of order” with quest
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🔹 The word order is fundamental:
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F. A. Hayek, in Volume I, Chapter Two, "Cosmos and Taxis", of Law, Legislation and Liberty (University of Chicago, 1973), suggests this definition of the word "order":
"By 'order' we shall throughout describe a state of affairs in which a multiplicity of elements of various kinds are so related to each other that we may learn from our acquaintance with some spatial or temporal part of the whole to form correct expectations concerning the rest, or at least expectations which have a good chance of proving correct."
"Taxis", as in "taxidermy" the deliberate ordering of the skin of animals. Cosmos = Greek for "natural order"; Taxis = Greek for "designed order."
This is a brilliant chapter and the origin of my work on freeorder.
Hayek's brilliance manifested itself in seeing that there is a third kind of order, sort of between "natural" and "designed". Those orders are "the results of human action but not of human design" and so have been called both "natural" and "designed" leading to endless confusion and discussions that are never resolved.
In such discussions the word freeorder is helpful.
This way of thinking about order becomes especially interesting when linked to the idea of optimizing quest, "an aesthetics governed pattern of explorations". Hayek did not do that, but it could be said to be implied in his work. I have made it explicit.
The word "governed" here means "highly influenced by," not "determined in entirety."
 
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This diagram from Legatum Institute ••• illustrates Explorers Foundation’s relationship with the other parts of the double star system to which we belong. Each such double star casts new light on its orbiting planets. With multiple well capitalized ∮forge the evolution of freeorder may accelerate fast enough to outrun disasters. “There is not a moment to be lost.” —Jack Aubrey •••
 
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September 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
Oliver Wendell Holmes The Chambered Nautilus
Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!
“Art is the creation of form symbolic of human feeling” —Susanne K. Langer, Feeling and Form, pg. 50, Scribner's, 1953
 
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The first capture on Wayback Machine of an Explorers Foundation page, 12 Feb 2003
 
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Jon Rappoport ••• Investigative Reporter, on the act of creation
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‘In fact, the deeper you explore the concept of freedom, the more you realize that creating something new, and creating that occurs outside a tight chain of prior cause and effect, are very much a part of what freedom means. Understanding these factors should be liberating.
There are several other phenomena that are closely related to “creating from nothing.” They are spontaneous insight and spontaneous invention. They occur in a flash, in the moment. They can’t be reduced to “logical implications in a chain of cause and effect.” They can’t be reduced at all.
‘And then there is this—I’ll refer to it through an experience I had in 1963, when I was living and painting in a small studio in Los Angeles. One night I was sitting at my table staring at a blank sheet of paper. I had a pencil in my hand. Suddenly, my mind was empty and crystalline. I knew in my bones, as clearly as I knew I was sitting there, that I had unlimited choices. There was no boundary on what I could draw. I was ecstatic. I made a shape on the paper. The immediate novelty of it was overwhelmingly joyous. I kept making shapes on the paper. The emerging drawing held, for me, the core of what I needed to know about life: every moment could be marvelously unhindered and free. I was always on the cusp of being able to choose a future; and being in that position, in the moment, was an experience of unrivaled beauty. Never again would I think of freedom in a dry clinical way.’ —https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/09/19/the-matrix-exit-when-the-individual-creates/
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The Act of Creation ••• Arthur Koestler, 1964 - a great book, an opening into freeorder - the link goes to a complete copy of the book on Wayback Machine ••• <archive.org
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Arthur Koestler ••• <wikipedia
 
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Sharyl Attkisson podcast: “The swine flu epidemic that was not as CDC advertised” ••• vSheridan
 
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An interesting business: how to own gold, lease it, and receive income in gold: Monetary Metals ••• company’s website.
 
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Randal O’Toole, interesting & knowledgeable writer, especially on transport, and forest care. “Time to Shut Down the DC Metro Rail” ••• O’Toole, 16 Sep 20.
 
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“Overturning COVID restrictions and states of emergency: Memo to lawyers: What are you waiting for? File big cases now” ••• by Jon Rappoport, September 16, 2020
 
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LBRY ••• “It's time to take back control from YouTube and Amazon. Top creators, self-respecting users, the privacy conscious, computer geeks, freedom lovers, loveable kooks, and readers of small gray text everywhere choose LBRY, because it's open, fair, and free.”
 
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YouTube Censors; LBRY ••• Preserves Access to interview with Dr. Scott Atlas
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“In late August, the Hoover Institution filmed an in-depth interview with Dr. Scott Atlas who serves as a top health advisor to the White House, more or less replacing Anthony Fauci in that role. 
“Atlas is an advocate for opening up the economy and allowing natural immunities to control the virus. In this, he has many colleagues in the public-health profession who agree with him, including many epidemiologists, virologists, immunologists, and medical doctors, all names frequently covered at AIER. This interview conducted by Hoover allows him to explain his views in depth. 
“Incredibly, YouTube has taken down the video interview of Scott Atlas for the usual vague reasons about community standards. 
“Alex Berenson is right: ‘As censorship goes, this is both terrifying and idiotic. Like him or hate him, Scott Atlas is ADVISING THE PRESIDENT ON COVID – no one gains when YouTube denies everyone the chance to hear what he thinks. People who oppose him should want to know even more.’ 
“Two aspects of this are fortunate. LBRY has retained a copy and that copy is embedded below. In addition, Hoover retains a complete transcript of the interview. 
“If this can happen to a world-class and highly credentialed expert like Atlas, it can happen to anyone. We need decentralized solutions like LBRY now, in the interest of openness, freedom, and truth.”
 
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Risk: “A Scientist’s Plea: The World is Not a Safe Space” ••• Roger W. Koops ••• AIER •••
 
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Ivor Cummins’ “Viral Issue Crucial Update Sept 8th: the Science, Logic and Data Explained!” ••• <YouTube data, facts, comprehensible charts and interpretation. Cummins hallenges the need for lockdowns. Habitual submission to ignorant authority is more dangerous than any virus.
 
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An article about someone in the tradition of freeorder who should not be forgotten: Thomas Hodgskin (1787-1869) ••• , a “critic of capitalism and defender of free trade and early trade unions. He is sometimes seen as a forerunner to Marx.” ~thanks to Michael J. Lotus
 
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“The Coming Coup?” ••• by Michael Anton ••• in “The American Mind”, a publication of the Claremont Institute ••• If this article plausibly describes a current possibility it is worth serious pre-emptive thought and action.
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When a large number of associated people begin acting like cornered rats it is worth asking why they are behaving that way. Perhaps they have something extremely important to lose. In that case there may be something the rest of us could do to reduce their (perhaps justified) fear. We might thereby find a way to avoid catastrophe consequent to their desperation.
 
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Charles Koch’s ‘An Open Letter Regarding Higher Education’ •••
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‘In 2005, a forward-thinking Ivy League professor envisioned a powerful antidote to the polarization that now afflicts our society. He created a program that allowed students to interact freely with a diversity of ideas.  It encouraged them to consider and evaluate alternate points of view—even if they didn’t ultimately find the ideas persuasive. The cornerstone of his project was a speaker series that featured prominent people with radically different ideas discussing challenging and divisive topics such as inequality and immigration. The professor’s mission was to make his university “worthy of students who arrive expecting a great adventure.” That was a great idea.’ -the complete letter •••
 
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Proton Mail ••• & Hong Kong
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“Proton stands with Hong Kong. On July 6, the Hong Kong government introduced rules that give law enforcement sweeping censorship and surveillance powers. The move was a grave blow to Hong Kong's freedom.
 
“As part of our mission to promote privacy and freedom for all, we will be giving 50% of our ProtonVPN revenue from Hong Kong during July and August to two local organizations: 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and Stand With Hong Kong.”
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“Help us defend democracy and freedom in Hong Kong.” ••• -July 21st, 2020 by Andy Yen
 
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August 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
“Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing, the terrain is everything) —The last words of Louis Pasteur (Father of the “Germ Theory” of disease) •••
 
Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their message:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
 
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Audubon Conservation Ranching •••
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Parker Pastures ••• becomes Audubon certified as a conservation ranch •••
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Parker Pastures is a major provider for Pasture Provisions ••• ~thanks to Justin Longo
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Justin Longo interviews ••• Bill and Kelli of Parker Pastures.
 
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Monetary Metals ••• The New Way to Hold Gold ••• ~thanks to JD Bertron •••
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“Our Gold Fixed Income leases connect investors with the gold-producing businesses we mentioned earlier: mints, precious metals dealers, refiners, jewelers, and mining companies.
They happily pay a fee - in metal! - to lease your gold & silver, using it as inventory or work-in-progress.
 
“This unique financing solution eliminates their exposure to the volatility of the metals prices, which lowers their financing costs. It often enables them to extract working capital back out of their inventory so they can build out their business further.
“Meanwhile, you receive a steady interest income on your gold – paid in gold – without spending down any of your gold capital.”
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I’m interested in opinions about this company and its way of doing buiness. -ls
 
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Good article and discussion on Chicago Boyz ••• “The Rolling Kristalnacht” •••
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Posted by Sgt. Mom on August 19th, 2020 (All posts by Sgt. Mom)
‘The rolling Kristallnacht of “mostly peaceful” protests organized and sponsored by the unholy union of Antifa and BLM continues unabated in those mostly progressive Democrat party municipalities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, and New York. Give the protesters, rioters and looters credit for stamina; they’ve kept it up for nearly two months now, and look to be going strong, still.’
 
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altCensored.com: YouTube limits access to videos that are neither illegal, nor violate their own Terms and Conditions or Community Guidelines. ~thanks to Sharyl Attkisson
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"Limited state" videos are placed behind a warning message, cannot be shared, monetized or easily found, and have likes, comments, view counts and suggested videos disabled.
YouTube removes videos that violate their ever-changing and arbitrarily enforced Community Guidelines, while Creators increasingly "self-censor" trying to avoid channel strikes and terminations.
altCensored.com is an unbiased community catalog of 66178 limited state, removed, and self-censored YouTube videos across 6377 monitored channels, of which 1013 have been deleted and 2044 are being archived in case of deletion.
 
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Two facts about Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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"The Ludwig von Mises Library ••• (Spanish) has 100,000 visitors annually and is the most extensive collection of works on liberty in Latin America."
"The Henry Hazlitt Center co-ordinates the courses of Economic Process (I, II and III) and Social Philosophy (Hayek and the Austrian School) that are offered to all undergraduate students in all schools."
 
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FIRE ••• : “FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of liberty.”
 
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“The Fall of Tax-Funded Universities and Rise of Alternatives” ••• by Mark Frazier, who was and is the inspiration for Vortex Openworld vOpenworld
 
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“Walt Disney: Entrepreneur without Peer” ••• a new biographical essay by Gary Hoover of American Business History Center ••• written for and first published by Archbridge Institute •••
 
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Government, Big Business, Food, Health
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In the 1950s the U.S. Government, major medical and food providers, and the media, knowingly or not collaborated to convince the American people of something that was profitable but not true. Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig PhD’s article “The Oiling of America” ••• is good background for thinking about any government/media/business response to a big health issue. vMethuselah
 
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Opinion: Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk Covid-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis, by Dr. Harvey A Risch
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As published in Newsweek •••
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The original paper ••• at American Journal of Epidemiology •••
 
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“Together we’ve flattened the curve, now it’s time to flatten the fear. Doctors from around the country are saying it’s okay to get back to work and reopen America.” Flatten The Fear ••• a project of Job Creators Network Foundation •••
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Covid-19 Facts ••• from Flatten the Fear
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Nothing could be more dangerous than cultivating a submissive and helpless population. -ls
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The cost of perfect safety is ruinous; its pursuit is not safe. -ls
 
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Micro-businesses blunt the economic impact of COVID-19 ••• (GoDaddy’s Venture Forward project)
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Venture Forward •••
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“Venture Forward is a multi-year GoDaddy project looking at millions of microbusinesses, or ventures, across the U.S. and the economic impact they make on their communities and the nation. Our mission is to give a greater voice to these everyday entrepreneurs who help drive prosperity, reduce unemployment, and stay resilient in economic downturns by sharing our raw data and insights, in the spirit of making a more inclusive economy.”
 
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Olaudah Equiano - an inspiration
 
EquianoOlaudah
 
These two “Equiano Projects” are distinct.
Olaudah Equiano was the first political activist within Britain’s African community during the 18th century. https://equiano.uk
The Premiere Event of the Equiano Project:
Is it time to forge a new narrative about race?
 
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From FEE: “Atlanta– The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is pleased to announce that Zilvinas Silenas has been appointed to serve as the organization’s 11th president, succeeding Lawrence W. Reed this spring. Mr. Silenas brings to FEE over a decade of free-market think tank leadership, together with an energetic belief in the power of education in the principles of freedom to improve both the lives of individuals and the course of humanity worldwide.” •••
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• & John O’Sullivan ••• on Iain Murray’s ••• new book, The Socialist Temptation •••
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“Socialism does not come offering bread lines, secret police, or gulags. It sells itself as a decent and uplifting creed. It appeals to our belief in fairness, in kindness, in standing up for the little guy—even, sometimes, in patriotism. Iain Murray takes those claims seriously. Instead of using socialism as a swear word, as conservatives sometimes do, he properly analyzes its appeal. When a lot of people, even on the right, are falling for arguments that ought to have been discredited long ago, this is a vital task—especially so, perhaps, during the authoritarian spasm that has followed the coronavirus infections. Restoring freedom is going to be a grueling and arduous task. Here is the instruction manual.” —Daniel Hannan, former Member of the European Parliament and founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade •••
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“With the rise of belief in socialism among young people, we need a book about it that they’ll read. This is it. Iain Murray has written a masterpiece of concise evidence-based argument that demolishes socialism in every particular. It’s short. It’s highly readable. And it packs an intellectual punch.” —John O’Sullivan, president of the Danube Institute ••• and author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister ••• (Ashbrook)
 
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July 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Three Gorges Dam, China
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“German-Chinese hydrologist Wang Weiluo told Radio France Internationale on Monday the dam could collapse at any moment. Wang pointed out that the dam’s design, construction, and quality inspection were all carried out by the same group of people and that the project was finished too quickly using substandard concrete.”
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Dreams, Engineering, Failure: books by Henry Petroski - the role of failure in successful design ••• ~glyph 415
 
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Fabien Cousteau plans the International Space Station of the Deep Sea ••• (Forbes)
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‘“Today there’s this misperception that all knowledge is known,” says Northeastern professor Brian Helmuth, a scientific collaborator on the project who credits Jacques Cousteau for inspiring his career in marine biology. “If you want to know something, you just have to look it up on the internet, going to Wikipedia. The idea that there is still so much that is unknown has been lost from the public consciousness. And that’s critical for rekindling the appetite for exploration.”’ —from the above article
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Unended Quest.com (entire book) the autobiography of Karl R. Popper
 
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Robert Gore, on freeorder (although not named by that word)
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“The order that will emerge in some places—if humanity survives—will be the order that flows from freedom: the order of free thought, free expression, free production, and free exchange. The order of people who respect individual rights—they’re own and everyone else’s—and will fight to the death to defend them. The order of those who seek neither to rule nor to be ruled. The order of those independent thinkers who hold reason, truth and reality paramount. The time for humanity to reach its shining potential was many millennia ago, but it’s never too late. Never underestimate the power of one, and never underestimate the power of ones—those who envision humanity’s glory and work together to achieve and defend it.” —“The Power of Ones” ••• on Gore’s Straight Line Logic •••
 
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Updated: Vortex Socrates : fearless inquiry •••
 
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Walter Williams’ Facebook page ••• offers insights into constraints impeding the emergence of freeorder, and teaches things good to understand if the intent is to dissolve those constraints.
 
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Daniel Hannan’s Foreword to How Market Environmentalism Can Protect Nature and Save the World ••• <— download the entire book without charge, edited by Christopher Barnard Kai Weiss.
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“Just as private ownership is good for the environment, so is sovereignty. Indeed, the desire to protect our green spaces is rooted, ultimately, in love of homeland. The clue is in the name: conservatives are natural conservationists. The environment, more than anything else, embodies Edmund Burke’s definition of society as a partnership between the living, the dead and the yet unborn.
“So why is it so often seen to be the other way around? Why is environmentalism thought to be owned by the Left? Why are environmental solutions almost always presented as depending on more bureaucracy, higher taxes, wealth redistribution, and a loss of national sovereignty?”
 
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“Prescribed Burns Benefit Bees” 🐝🐝🐝 ~thanks to Susan Schmidt, and Linx Selby
 
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The New Culture Forum ••• London
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“Culture, it is said, is upstream from politics. Certainly, we in the New Culture Forum believe that cultural issues are the defining ones of our time.
“More and more people are passionately engaged in these issues, but feel there is no outlet within an atmosphere which is dominated by the existence of a liberal/left groupthink. The triumph of cultural relativism and political correctness in the opinion-forming fields of the media, academia, education and culture has meant that this groupthink has become even more deeply entrenched. The liberal establishment sets the terms of debate.
“At a time of threat from extremism, the West finds itself besieged from within and without. Too often our enemies and our opinion formers appear to agree that Western culture is indefensible or a source purely of shame.
“We, however, believe that the West is in fact a unique bastion of reasoned freedom and that Britain in particular should be proud of the great role it has played in Western education, art and culture.”
 
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flattenthefear.com — a project of Job Creators Network •••
 
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Mises University ••• is in full session
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Jeff Diest, President: “Mises University is happening now! Not a watered-down online version, but a full-fledged Mises Institute live event. Students from around the country are on our beautiful campus and are devouring the lectures we offer.
“Our students are among the best and brightest. Their willingness to read serious books and engage in deep, difficult thought sets them apart from their peers. I am glad they are here this week! We're building relationships and connections that will last for decades.”
 
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The Great U-Turn: from decline to renewal
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We are beginning a transition from the decline of America 2.0 to the awakening of America 3.0.
'Whatever travails may beset us in the years ahead, we believe that an attempt to “double-down” on the Progressive vision will ultimately fail, if only because it cannot possibly be paid for. This failure may provoke the crisis that will complete the Great U-Turn. However contemporary events play out, we anticipate a new, third era in the history of the Republic, re-synthesized on the original vision and principles of the Founders.’ —Bennett & Lotus, America 3.0: rebooting American prosperity in the 21st century—why America’s greatest days are yet to come, pg. 185, in chapter 7, “The Great U-Turn”
If we succeed, history will say: the “woked,” at the end of 2.0, sought dominance, but in the dawn of 3.0 they were displaced by the newly awakened. (Among those newly awakened were many of the formerly “woked”.)
The change will move our culture from schooling to education, from being taught what to think, to learning how to think.
We will restore, invent, and build. We will criticize by creating.
 
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The destruction of money by continuous massive issue
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‘The covid-19 pandemic environment has pushed the Federal Reserve to print $2.9 trillion in new paper money in just 13 weeks, or about $22 million a minute, the analysts detailed. “By any measure, this is corruption of money on an industrial scale,” they exclaimed, predicting that investors will pour money into bitcoin and gold “as a safe haven when they lose confidence in paper money.”’ https://news.bitcoin.com/ferocious-rally-weiss-ratings-bullish-bitcoin-price-70k/ vMulligan
 
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Real Clear Markets ••• — articles, titles, url
 
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Yasuhiko Genku Kimura, on Donald Trump
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“Those who have not studied Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (孫子兵法) can never fully understand Trump and his way. … Trump’s understanding of (military) strategy is on the level of its original creator.” https://www.facebook.com/notes/yasuhiko-genku-kimura/trump-and-the-art-of-war/10157715288169856
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“Yasuhiko Genku Kimura is a philosopher, a Buddhist priest and scholar, and is now working as a consultant/advisor to corporate CEOs and their companies. His English publications include The Book of Balance, Think Kosmically Act Globally, and Think: The First Principle of Business Ethics.” I will add that I’ve known Yasuhiko for a long time, and can attest that he is a deeply intelligent man, whose reading is extensive. Whatever each of us may think of Trump the fact that GYK thinks of him this way is intriguing, and worth a bit of time to ask, “how could this be?” There are many surface indications that it could not be so, but then, they are surface.” -ls
 
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Leif Smith: What is to be done? a quiet, fast, revolution [glyph 619]
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Imagine a wheel. At the top, collectives — at the bottom, individuals. That wheel must be made to revolve. Why? For all who value exploration, curiosity, imagination, wonder, venture, challenge, integrity. There are many of us. We will turn the wheel. Here's how: We will tell stories of a new world, listen for adventures, share them, invest in the best of them, and from each we will draw power to turn the wheel. We will weave patterns of thought and action inspiring networks that change expectations. We will design for emergence, limit control, manifest strengths, live in freeorder. This is what is to be done.
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All action is driven by expectation.
 
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Jeffrey A. Tucker: “One of the most marvelous books I’ve read this year is Donald Henderson’s personal story of the eradication of smallpox. The book is Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer. It’s a brilliant and thrilling adventure story by a man who worked his entire life to make the world a better place. He was also the author (with others) of a mighty treatise against lockdowns that appears at AIER. He died in 2016, which is tragic because we could have used his wisdom in these crazy times.”
 
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Matt Taibbi: “Year Zero: On America's birthday, celebrating the corporate-sponsored revolution: It’s the Fourth of July, and revolution is in the air. Only in America would it look like this: an elite-sponsored Maoist revolt, couched as a Black liberation movement whose canonical texts are a corporate consultant’s white guilt self-help manual, and a New York Times series rewriting history to explain an election they called wrong.” —the first paragraph of a long article, available to subscribers of Taibbi’s Substack •••
 
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W. S. Churchill: “Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.” https://slife.org/winston-churchill-quotes/ vGuardian
 
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June 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• 13 June 2020: “Removing the statue of Cecil Rhodes would be cowardly and anti-intellectual. There is no point parading your moral superiority over Rhodes simply because he upheld the values of his age.”
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“In 1357, afflicted by plague and military disaster, the people of Siena demolished a statue of Venus. As Tom Holland explains in his wonderful history, Dominion, the Sienese were acting as earlier Christians had done, convinced that, by pulverising pagan carvings, they were exorcising demons. Iconoclasm – the destruction of graven images – has been a feature of many millenarian  movements down the ages. The latest cult to embrace it can be found gathered outside my old Oxford college, Oriel, howling at a little effigy of Cecil Rhodes.” … “
 
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“How disbanding police can lead to less crime and less conflict ••• Joe Jarvis, June 14, 2020 for The Daily Bell •••
 
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Deterioration of journalism: “The American Press Is Destroying Itself” ••• Matt Taibbi, former contributing editor for Rolling Stone
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How is is now: “It’s been learned in these episodes [recent] we may freely misreport reality, so long as the political goal is righteous.”
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How it was then: “The ideal … was that we showed you everything we could see, good and bad, ugly and not, trusting that a better-informed public would make better decisions. This vision of media stressed accuracy, truth, and trust in the reader’s judgment as the routes to positive social change.”
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And once upon a time in the Soviet Union, Lenin stated explicitly in a speech published in Pravda in 1920: “We say: morality is what serves to destroy the old exploiting society and to unite all the working people around the proletariat, which is building up a new, communist society.” —from “May Day: The Conspiracy of Silence Around the Romance of Evil” ••• by Michael Strong
 
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The use of Ozone Therapy against Coronavirus: “A Plausible "Penny" Costing Effective Treatment for Corona Virus - Ozone Therapy” ••• by Robert Jay Rowen, MD and Howard Robins, DPM
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“Ozone and oxidation therapies as a solution to the emerging crisis in infectious disease management: a review of current knowledge and experience” ••• Robert Jay Rowen,
Private Medical Practice, Santa Rosa, CA. This paper includes an account of Dr. Rowen’s use of Ozone Therapy during the West African Ebola epidemic, upon invitation of Sierra Leone’s president.
 
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Is it possible that this letter may be the equivalent of Emile Zola’s devastating article on the injustice of the persecution of Dreyfus?
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Anonymous letter from a Berkeley professor to anonymous colleagues •••
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Zola and Dreyfus
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‘On January 13, 1898, the most famous front page in the history of journalism appeared in a French paper beneath a one-word headline: “J’accuse!” (I accuse!). In the 4,000-word open letter that ran beneath it, France’s leading novelist, Emile Zola, accused the French government of having orchestrated a travesty of justice four years before, in which an innocent Jewish captain in the French army, Alfred Dreyfus, was convicted of treason and sentenced to solitary confinement for life on Devil's Island – a hellish penal colony off the coast of South America. Zola’s letter exploded with the force of a bomb, causing French society to split in two: …’ —from https://www.shapell.org/manuscript/emile-zola-dreyfus-affair
 
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Free the People is proud to bring you How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story.
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‘A city in Colorado tries a different kind of justice system, powerful enough to transform a broken system of mass incarceration in the United States. Instead of locking up non-violent offenders, these advocates focus on the challenging but rewarding process of individual responsibility, forgiveness, and redemption that radically shifts our idea of justice and our part in it.
‘This Free the People original documentary film was the winner of Best Feature and Best Director at Front Range Film Festival and has been selected at numerous other film festivals across the country, now postponed due to COVID-19. Free the People is releasing the full film ahead of schedule to join the conversation happening right now about police violence and racial disparities in our justice system in the United States. "How To Love Your Enemy" is an emotionally compelling story about real people working to make things right, and a tutorial for other communities looking to restore faith in their justice systems and law enforcement.’
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Restorative Justice ••• Longmont, Colorado
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“Longmont police have found they can impact offenders without charging and arresting them for their crimes. The city’s restorative justice program, run by the Longmont Community Justice Partnership ••• has become known nationally for its unique model and close ties to the city’s law enforcement.” ~thanks to Steve Elliott - from “Threads” June 2019
 
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“Brexit and the Power of Optimism” ••• Daniel Hannan, Cato’s Letter, Winter 2017
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“I went to the European Parliament urging the abolition of the place, which is a tough sell.) They used to mock Cato and mimic his voice, and every time he stood up they would groan. But you know what—in the end, they did it [Romans destroyed Carthage]. And it was the same with our referendum about leaving the European Union. You can achieve the most extraordinary things if you have a better song to sing. And that’s really the message that I want to share with you tonight—about how you win as optimists.”
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Hannan has a better understanding of freeorder than any politician I’ve encountered. -ls
 
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Government restrictions on speech about healing must stop - a message from the Alliance for Natural Healing: “see you in court” •••
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The FDA, FTC, and other agencies are gagging MDs and other practitioners with a slew of warning letters, preventing them from advising their patients and the public on how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
One warning letter was sent to a nutritionist who talked about the results of a recent study showing that the severity of coronavirus patient outcomes was tied to the patient's vitamin D status. The post concluded, "The bottom line? In order to give yourself the best defense against the coronavirus, begin with optimizing your vitamin D status to at least 30 ng/ml starting today." 30 ng/ml is just the minimum safe level of vitamin D on standard tests used by almost all doctors. But this nutritionist could face fines or even jail for sharing this basic information.
We have a simple message for these federal agencies: We’ll see you in court. Will you stand with us and support our petition and our legal efforts?
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My wife, Pat, worked in a health food store years ago and witnessed government officials remove all the folic acid from the shelves because the label said it would help prevent birth defects.
 
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BBEdit 13.0 (for MacOS) now allows exploration of “grep” patterns! This just must have something to do with freeorder - I’m working on it :-)
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The "Pattern Playground" window provides an interactive interface for experimenting with the behavior of Grep patterns (regular expressions). This makes the process of creating complicated patterns much less trial-and-error, since you can see exactly what will match, and how, before committing to any irreversible actions.’ x.com -notes for BBEdit 13.0
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“BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for macOS. This
award-winning product has been crafted to serve the needs of writers,
Web authors and software developers, and provides an abundance of
features for editing, searching, and manipulation of prose, source code,
and textual data.” •••
 
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“Academia as the World's Leading Social Problem and What to Do About It” ••• by Michael Strong, first published by FLOW and The Free Cities Institute
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“For reasoned scholarship in a free society” —National Association of Scholars •••
 
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The 1921 Club ••• (glyph 421) is for anyone who likes the idea that the 19th century rather than the 20th should be the parent of the 21st.
 
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June 2, 2020: Armed citizens of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, defend their town against potential rioters. Good to see this ••• — Nothing like freeorder can exist in a culture dominated by predators. vGuardian
 
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May 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
A small object, placed at the right point, can cause a massive river to seek a new channel. The shift can be astonishingly swift.
Jim Shroads said, “hemogoblins”
 
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A bullet point history from the American Business History Center
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“This week we present another very brief ‘bullet point biography.’  A classic story of shattered dreams.” — Gary Hoover writes the story ••• of the Van Sweringen brothers, Cleveland, Ohio: Forgotten Empire Builders: Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers
by Gary Hoover, May 29, 2020
 
“At the American Business History Center, we focus our energies on those companies (and their founders and leaders) which became household names or large businesses.  Yet history is littered with smaller ‘bit players’ on the economic stage. Some of them, like the unique, tragic Van Sweringen brothers of Cleveland, left lasting marks on their cities.  While we hesitate to give such interesting people short shrift, we figure it is better than no shrift at all.”
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A catalog ••• of Gary Hoover’s stories
 
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Question: How do we build a list of reliable journalists? What are our standards? Tests?
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Jason Goodman ••• is an independent journalist, supported by those who listen to him. Should we spend time listening to Jason Goodman?
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Goodman interviews ••• (YouTube) Alan Dershowitz: mandatory vaccinations?
 
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Spike Cohen’s philosophy •••
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You own yourself. 
Because you own yourself, you own your life and labor.
Because you own your labor, you own the product of your labor. That product is your property.
Because you own yourself, your life, your labor and your property (including money), it is inherently wrong for anyone to take any of these from you.
If someone calls themselves “the government”, that doesn’t suddenly make it right for them to take from you.  Therefore, all government is inherently wrong and should end.
I am running for VP on a message of radical libertarianism; that is, that all interactions between people should be peaceful and voluntary, and that therefore there is no good reason for government to exist.
 
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“Young Heretics is a podcast about truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters. While the academies of higher learning go ever crazier, Ph.D. in classics and Chief Heretic Spencer Klavan puts aside all the identity politics to get at the heart of what makes Western literature, philosophy, and poetry great.” •••
 
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Never underestimate the power of a question. Who will fight for your rights?” ••• by Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic •••
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Robert Gore is the author of the novel, The Golden Pinnacle ••• — someone told me, “if you like Ayn Rand, you will like this book.” He was right.
 
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“Meekness is not weakness. How different life is when we seek humility regardless of whether it looks cool or not.” —Scott Ragsdale, an interesting man, with much to contribute to the emergence of freeorder. His entire post •••
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“I am not a soft guy — so I share all this seeking wisdom and how it has made all the difference… by simply embracing and growing from negative experiences instead of being a victim, fighting and allowing myself to be consumed by negativity.
“Yes, I know …. it is easier said than done, but regardless of how challenging things get in your life, try not to get pulled down and waste time arguing/fighting/shouting over nothing.”
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Scott is a world-class endurance athlete and a co-founder of Naseba ••• Dubai.
 
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1 Earth Nation ••• Welcomes You ~thanks to Jim Shroads
 
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The online Master of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology ••• offered by USC Iovine and Young Academy
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Dreams, Engineering, Failure: books by Henry Petroski - the role of failure in successful design ••• ~glyph 415
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Imagination and architecture
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Pada Labs ••• Istanbul ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Ocean Builders ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
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Openworld Village ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
 
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Long vision & investment decisions
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Long-term vision and investment: Impact 17 ••• ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Le Group Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland: a short video ••• on the brevity of life and the importance of thinking about long-term investment in the well-being of community.
 
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Foolish regulation: Airlines are required to continue serving all the points they served on the date the coronavirus stimulus bill passed, regardless of whether they have any passengers ••• by Bob Poole, a founder of Reason Magazine
 
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“We Were Wrong: So Sorry that We Ruined Your Life” ••• an excellent article by Jeffrey A. Tucker on how governments made ignorance the basis to justify commands more destructive than the virus.
 
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COMMENTS on EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259: SUPPORT FOR supplement to proposed [EPA] rule: “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” •••
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“The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT ••• or the Committee) is pleased to submit the following comments in strong support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rulemaking titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.
“We believe this rulemaking is vitally important, long overdue, and essential to ensuring that all EPA policies and regulations are based on solid, replicable, peer-reviewed science, data, analyses and models. The proposed transparency rule will help ensure that important studies employed in support of significant EPA regulatory actions will be available for transparent reviews by qualified scientists and other experts, as well as citizens, businesses and other observers. It could and should also enable a much-needed review of past analyses and rulemakings that were based on questionable assumptions, hypotheses, data, computer models, studies and analytical practices – and/or on processes that were not transparent.
“Simply put, ending secretive science is basic common sense. It is an essential step in ensuring that evidence-based science supports policies and regulations that protect public health and welfare, while safeguarding our freedoms and prosperity, and preserving public support for and confidence in government agencies and regulations. Indeed, without transparency at every step in the process, abuses, fraud, and unnecessarily expensive and burdensome regulations are inevitable.” - CFACT’s entire response to the EPA is here:
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Chapter 13 of K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation proposes a way to handle disagreements involving complex scientific issues. This chapter was on line without charge but has now disappeared. Information about alternative access would be appreciated.
 
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Collaborative Conservation, farmer/city/town agreements about water
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From Sand County Foundation ••• “Recently, our team negotiated a first of its kind agreement in Iowa that allows cities to meet water quality requirements by working with farmers to implement farm conservation practices that reduce fertilizer and manure runoff. By investing in farm conservation practice in the local watershed, cities could also avoid costly upgrades to water treatment plants.” ~thanks to Ed Warner
 
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Coronavirus: a point of view from a remarkably qualified person swimming against the current ••• Deborah Cahill, a long and worthwhile interview on YouTube. ~thanks to Phil Trice
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The development of resilience in a population depends on challenge and preparation for good response. Applicable to viruses of all kinds, physical, intellectual, financial. A people without challenge grows weak, dependent on others to “save” them. A path to eventual extinction.
 
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Strong’s Law: “Properly structured free enterprise always results over time in higher quality, lower cost, and more customized products and services.  This principle applies just as forcefully to the entrepreneurial supply of law, governance, community, housing, education, health care, and other environments supportive of happiness, and well being as it does to technology. Our world suffers because we have not allowed entrepreneurial initiative to fully address the most important issues facing humanity.”
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Article ••• by Michael Strong: “Radical Social Entrepreneurs: An Introduction to Strong’s Law”
 
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Great news, and an important moment: “Dallas Salon Owner Shelley Luther Freed From Jail by Texas Supreme Court Order” ••• a bit of the world as it could be and ought to be.
 
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Azimuth Project ••• ~thanks to Dan Geisler ••• who has just taken a job with Azimuth to model Coronavirus
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“The Azimuth Project is a group effort to study the mathematical sciences for “saving the planet.” Our goal is to make clearly presented topic literature, and to help people work together in study and research efforts. We convene at the Azimuth Forum, which is open to all who are interested in mathematical thinking and its applications to problems that matter. Most recently, for example, there is an ongoing discussion about mathematical epidemiology and its application to the Corona virus pandemic.”
 
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Zinc, chloroquinine, and the virus ••• (YouTube: skip ad and go to 1:40) a video by Roger Seheult, MD that wastes no time making and illustrating the point ~thanks to Frank Shallenberger, Paul LaViolette, and Pierre de Rochemont
 
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Imagination and architecture
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Pada Labs ••• Istanbul ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Ocean Builders ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
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Openworld Village ••• ~thanks to Mark Frazier
 
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Long vision & investment decisions
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Long-term vision and investment: Impact 17 ••• ~thanks to Robin Titus
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Le Group Pictet, Geneva, Switzerland: a short video ••• on the brevity of life and the importance of thinking about long-term investment in the well-being of community.
 
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Foolish regulation: Airlines are required to continue serving all the points they served on the date the coronavirus stimulus bill passed, regardless of whether they have any passengers ••• by Bob Poole, a founder of Reason Magazine
 
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April 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
A small object, placed at the right point, can cause a massive river to seek a new channel. The shift can be astonishingly swift.
 
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“If today Alexander Fleming announced his accidental discovery of penicillin, the first sentence of every news report would say “no evidence exists that it is a cure.” This is a mind-set whose instinct is to diminish hope. Fortunately, there’s no evidence that the American people want to live that way.” —Daniel Henninger, last paragraph of an article ••• in WSJ, Apr 29, 2020
 
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Christian Saucier, founder at Cryptotech.guru ••• Startup societies and ULEX legal system ••• (8 minutes on YouTube). ULEX ••• is an open source legal system - https://github.com/proftomwbell/Ulex
 
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“Special Economic Zones Could Jumpstart the U.S. Recovery” ••• Joseph McKinney & Eric Sass, April 29, 2020, “Special economic zones (SEZs)—which have different economic and trade regulations than the host state or county—can stimulate trade and attract new investment. Congress needs to help innovators and entrepreneurs create more of them, now.”
 
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The Unseen and The Seen: “Lives crushed vs. lives saved: America at the tipping point” ••• Paul Prentice, 19 Apr 2020, “The economy is not some machine that can be turned off and on at the whim of politicians and medical experts. The economy is us, we the people …” - published by John Andrews in Backbone America 22 Apr 2020
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Frédéric Bastiat, What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen (1850) ••• (a foundation stone of the cathedral of freeorder), in French and English, presented by David M. Hart •••
 
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Food for and of Thought
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“The study of high cuisine – of the false consciousness of chefs – is a tenuous foundation on which to build a superstructure of philosophy and social history. But it does suggest a different, related inquiry … This is the question of why societies become obsessed by food. Why, and where, does a cuisine-centred culture flourish, in which people write and build theories about food?” —Hangchow Retrouvé: Emma Rothschild writes about the high culture of food ••• London Review of Books ••• 22 May 1980 [article is free of paywall for a short time]
 
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Virus: Article ••• published by AIER ••• by George Gilder •••. Note the links to Briggs assessment of various kinds of statistical work, and consider this: “… slow to see that the problem was impaired hemogloblin in the blood rather than lung damage.”
 
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Aristotle on Personal Excellence ••• ongoing research of Peter Saint-Andre •••
 
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A protest against the current lockdown policies ••• —Guido Hülsmann ••• writing from France
 
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SpaceX (SPACE) is targeting next week for the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with broadband satellites. The mission will mark SpaceX's seventh for its Starlink ••• constellation, which is aimed at transmitting internet connectivity to remote and underserved users around the world.
 
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Team Rubicon (TR) responding ••• to the Virus
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“Disaster relief is centered on the concept of humanity. Right now, during this public health crisis, Team Rubicon has faced an unprecedented demand to provide essential services across the country and are doing everything possible to meet this need safely. Our focus continues to center on providing support for the most critical community lifelines, which include food, water, and shelter. Additionally, TR has launched medical responses near cities where hospitals are strained, and COVID-19 cases are projected to rise.”
 
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“Think again if you believe draconian controls recommended by a few (but far from all) medical experts are saving many lives from COVID-19. Facts reported by mathematician Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University don’t support such beliefs.” ••• Barry Brownstein ••• American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) •••
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‘Professor Israel found that no matter how much or little politicians quarantined the population, “coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way.” Whether the country relied on politicians shutting the country down (the US and UK, for example) or private voluntary actions (Sweden), Prof. Israel’s work shows that “all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.’ ••• [original article, in Hebrew]
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Here's what someone who belongs to the Tom Woods Show Elite wrote yesterday:
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“I relinquish any claim on the lives of the young. As an oldster who is presumed to be peculiarly susceptible to the ravages of COVID-19, I will not ask anyone to sacrifice days, weeks or months of their time, love, life, and livelihood on my behalf. It is grotesque for the old to ask the young to sacrifice for them. Go. Live your lives. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather. I have no claim on you for my welfare.” -I agree. -ls
 
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“All fundamental scientific discoveries change the structure of human affairs.” —Richard Rhodes, 2012 — a quotation found at the Payne Institute for Public Policy ••• at Colorado School of Mines
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“In the Fertile Crescent, the work of the colonial cartographers—Gertrude Bell, Winston Churchill, and Georges Clemenceau—are in play as they have never been before.” —from the Foreword, by Fuad Ajami and Charles Hill, to Weaver's Lost Art - The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of the Middle East ••• Charles Hill ••• Hoover Institution Press, 2014. Kindle Edition, available on Amazon.
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Old maps, held in mind, obscure the shifting of rivers as they respond to forces unknown to careless map keepers and readers.
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“Since remote antiquity, statecraft’s great metaphor has been weaving. Traces of cloth found at Fayoum and depictions of weavers at work on the walls of pharaonic Egypt reveal the centrality of weaving to ordered life in the ancient world.”
 
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“Physically-defined universities will slowly give way to cloud-based universities.” ••• Alvin Rabushka, Hoover Institution
 
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“Since 1975, we have grown, saved, and shared heirloom seeds and led a movement to protect biodiversity and preserve heirloom varieties. At the heart of our organization is a seed bank that houses a collection of 20,000+ rare, open-pollinated varieties. With gardeners like you, we can get these seeds where they belong—in gardens and on tables everywhere, for generations to come. When seeds are in our bank, they are protected. When seeds are growing in your garden, they thrive.” —Seed Savers Exchange •••
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Seed Savers Exchange •••
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Compare Seed Savers Exchange ••• to Liberty Fund •••
 
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“Many Americans could die in the coming weeks and months thanks to the FDA’s blockade on coronavirus testing.” ••• James Bovard ••• Mises Institute ••• ~thanks to Lara Ewing Himber
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‘Dr. David Kessler, who became FDA commissioner in 1990, quickly sought to intimidate the companies that his agency regulates. A laudatory Washington Post article concluded, "What he cannot accomplish with ordinary regulation, Kessler hopes to accomplish with fear.”
Dr. Kessler declared in 1992: "If members of our society were empowered to make their own decisions…then the whole rationale for the [FDA] would cease to exist." Kessler derided "freedom of choice" as an illusion unless people are presented only with government-approved choices.’
 
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Predicted hospitalizations vs. actual hospitalizations: ‘Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, took a serious look at the IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) Coronavirus model and called it “garbage.” Davis makes his case through a series of tweets (below). Davis found that the actual numbers of hospitalizations on April 1 were a fraction of the numbers projected by the IHME model.’ ••• ‘Davis writes that if we’re going to shut down the entire nation’s economy to “flatten the curve” based on the projections of a single model, it shouldn’t be too much to ask that the model approximate reality when it comes to hospitalizations.’
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Those who thrive on increased control do not like to see fear diminished.
 
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“The looming collapse of the Eurozone” ••• Tuomas Malinen, 2 Apr 2020 ~thanks to Jim Bennett for this link to an article in “reaction.life”, edited by Iain Martin, former editor of The Telegraph
 
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Which is the greater danger: the virus or the response of governments?
 
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Virus: Roundup: Just a few of the disease experts who have criticized the hysterical reaction to COVID-19 ••• Daniel Payne - Assistant Editor. The College Fix, April 1, 2020 — this is a good collection, worth thinking about.
 
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The Tyranny of Metrics ••• Jerry Z. Muller, published by Princeton University Press, 2018
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March 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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Capitalism vs. Socialism, with Guides: Michael Strong, Carrie-Ann Biondi | Mon, Wed & Fri | April 6th - June 5th | 3:00 PM EST (2:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Pacific)
 
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“Those who believe that what you cannot quantify does not exist also believe that what you can, does.” —Aaron Haspel
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Found on the first page of The Tyranny of Metrics ••• Jerry Z. Muller
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“How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government” —publisher
 
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“Serenity” ••• Peter Saint-Andre offers some ideas on how to live well
 
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Anatomy Insights with Jon Zahourek: Classic video clips on timeless topics in anatomy •••
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Anatomy in Clay® Learning System •••
 
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Systemic, Proteolytic Enzymes: “Just about everything that makes us sick is either a protein or is protected by a protein and is therefore subject to control by proteolytic enzymes. In this report, we’re going to take a look at exactly what systemic, proteolytic enzymes are, what they do, how they do it, and what the ideal proteolytic formula looks like.” ••• Jon Barron •••
 
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Individuals: Resilience or Vulnerability?
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“The most important change in the way individuals are viewed in the 21st century is the shift from a presumption of resilience towards defining individuals by their vulnerability. … Once vulnerability is seen to trump human resilience, people’s ability to deal with adversity can end up being compromised.” -Frank Furedi, “A disaster without precedent: Covid-19 is a huge blow to humanity, but it need not break the human spirit” ••• in Spiked-Online ••• ~thanks to Victor Hill for recommending Furedi’s essay in his article ‘The fallout from the “China Virus”’ •••
 
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Habeas Corpus - “the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state”
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“You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege of habeas corpus and trial by jury, which are the supreme protection invented by the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.” —Winston Churchill, In a telegram (November 21, 1942) by Churchill from Cairo, Egypt to Home Secretary Herbert Morrison; cited in In the Highest Degree Odious (1992), Simpson, Clarendon Press, p. 391 ISBN 0198257759 ~thanks to libquotes.com ••• and to Larry Arnn •••
 
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“Coronavirus puts absurdity of inflexible government regulations in sharp relief
Thirty-five states have Certificate of Need laws that limit important health care services” ••• editorial on by Anastasia Boden and Angela Erickson on Fox Business
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Two deficiencies of freeorder: 1) excess design restricting emergence of spontaneous order; 2) excess spontaneous order not restricted by the imposition of design. The above describes instances of the first form of defect.
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Family fights crony “Competitor’s Veto” law •••
 
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Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government ••• “This seminal treatise in the history of ideas demonstrates what has come to be known as the Higgs thesis: that government grows in periods of crisis, for example, war and depression. He demonstrates this with a detailed look at twentieth century economic history. Higgs's thesis is so compelling that it has become the dominant paradigm for understanding the so-called ratchet effect: government grows during crisis and then retrenches afterwards, but not to the same level as before. This book is absolutely essential for anyone who seeks to understand the dynamics of government growth and the loss of liberty.” ~Mises Institute •••
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Contents:
Part I. Framework
▪ 1. The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses
▪ 2. How Much Has the Government Grown? Conventional Measures and an Alternative View
▪ 3. On Ideology as an Analytical Concept in the Study of Political Economy
▪ 4. Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change: Toward an Understanding of the Ratchet
Part II. History
▪ 5. Crisis Under the Old Regime, 1893-1896
▪ 6. The Progressive Era: A Bridge to Modern Times
▪ 7. The Political Economy of War, 1916-1918
▪ 8. The Great Depression: "An Emergency More Serious than War"
▪ 9. The Political Economy of War, 1940-1945
▪ 10. Crisis and Leviathan: From World War II to the 1980s
▪ 11. Retrospect and Prospect
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“Crisis and Leviathan is a blockbuster of a book, one of the most important of the last decade. It is that rare and wondrous combination: scholarly and hard-hitting, lucidly written and libertarian as well.” —Murray N. Rothbard, late S.J. Hall Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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“Insightful, compelling, and clear, Higgs breaks new ground in explicating the most important socio-political trend of our time—the growth of American government.” —The Freeman
 
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“Policymakers must approach this pandemic head on, with calm and humility. Calm, because a virus is not the only contagion we face. Panic is its own contagion, one that impairs judgment. Humility, because even when policymakers do not act out of panic, their best laid plans often go awry. … policymakers must first discard laws that are preventing health professionals from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” ••• CATO
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 The Fatal Conceit, by F. A. Hayek
knowing too much can be more dangerous than knowing too little
Editorial Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Was Socialism a Mistake?
1. Between Instinct and Reason
2. The Origins of Liberty, Property and Justice
3. The Evolution of the Market: Trade and Civilisation
4. The Revolt of Instinct and Reason
5. The Fatal Conceit
6. The Mysterious World of Trade and Money
7. Our Poisoned Language
8. The Extended Order and Population Growth
9. Religion and the Guardians of Tradition
Appendices
Editor's Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index
December 21, 2007; edited/updated November 30, 2017
 
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“That a majority of the electorate is this deeply alienated from the establishment can’t be dismissed as bigotry and ignorance. There are solid and serious grounds for doubting the competence and wisdom of America’s self-proclaimed expert class.” ••• Walter Russell Mead, in WSJ, 25 Mar 20
 
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“There is great public-health damage from both the virus and from mass unemployment and recession.” ••• Wall Street Journal, 25 March 2020
 
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“Liberty in the Midst of a Pandemic” ••• Ari Armstrong, in Complete Colorado ••• a news site worth a visit for many reasons
 
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“Francisco’s Money Speech” ••• Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
 
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Ozone may defeat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ••• Dr. Robert Jay Rowen
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“Conclusion: The world already has a most inexpensive, safe, and likely effective remedy for deadly viral diseases, which exploits their redox vulnerability at critical membrane cysteine sites. Ozone therapy could be easily deployed worldwide. This epidemic could provide a means to study ozone therapy very ethically by treating seriously ill patients, who might otherwise expire, with ozone therapy under the auspices of the institution’s review board. Governments should take notice.”
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A longer paper by Rowen on ozone and viruses •••
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Dr. Rowen’s message on Facebook, 3 Feb 2020
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I have just uploaded a paper with high relevance to coronavirus to my office website. Due to formatting, the scientific references were omitted. However, every statement regarding biochemistry is verified in the medical and/or viral/biochemical literature.
Typically, an author would not put out a paper until it is published. However, in this case, lives may be lost if this information is ignored, as, in my opinion, it likely will be. Medical journals are not geared up for information like this as it challenges the stranglehold Pharma has on the industry.
It is a fast and easy read, summarizing my video. I do encourage you to share it. Please forward it to news media, such as Fox, and others. I cannot do it all, and coming from me, it seems to fall on deaf ears. Perhaps they think I have something to gain, other than seeing less pain and suffering by a very promising therapy.
Were this a patentable matter, I would bet that it would be plastered all over the billboards by now.
Thanks for assisting.
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I take Dr. Rowen seriously, ever since, from a distance, I watched him, in ten days, take a good friend from a “terminal” bone eating disease to full recovery.
 
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A novel approach to defeating viruses, a Venus Flytrap: “bind-encapsulates-destroy” ••• this is not a recommendation to buy stock; it’s a pointer to an idea that may have merit.
 
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Does the harm from the coronavirus panic exceed that of the virus itself? ‘“Flattening The Curve” Just Isn’t Worth It, Dr Fauci’ ••• Anton Wahlman
 
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Time Magazine (2014 cover story): “We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats” •••
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“… a PhD. biochemist nutritionist from the University of Maryland by the name of Mary Enig was documenting the history of fats and oils in America, showing that the anti-saturated fat campaign that ushered toxic trans fats into the U.S. market was based on politics and not science. Her article “The Oiling of America” in the Weston A. Price magazine in 1999 remains one of the best articles ever written on the politics versus science of edible oils in America.”
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This happens over and over - a good reason to get government out of health care, while replacing the good things it does with equal or better solutions emergent from people free to innovate and offer.
 
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Viruses and Economics - Anton Wahlman writes ••• in Seeking Alpha:
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Investors now have to ponder the precedent of shutting down the economy of every future virus too. How often? This is the biggest risk of all time.
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Is the society-wide cost of the shutdown greater than building more hospitals, without shutting down everything else? I argue that it is not -- by perhaps a factor of 1,000.
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What this will do to private property and the sanctity of contracts, is what is making me the most pessimistic about the future of the equity market.
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The only way to prevent this for the future, is for political and business leaders to reopen for business and promise to never shut down again for virus reasons.
 
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“Lying in Politics” ••• by Hanna Arendt, published in 1971 by The New York Review of Books •••
 
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Requisite Hierarchy, a concept introduced to me by Bill Casey, of Executive Leadership Group •••, who draws on the work of Elliott Jaques. See “In Praise of Hierarchy” ••• (Harvard Business Review).
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Law of Requisite Hierarchy •••, from Cybernetic Laws of Social Progress, p. 115.
 
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Opinions based on beliefs that we find not credible may nonetheless be correct.
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Suspicion of authority expressed by people whose beliefs we cannot share may nonetheless be justified.
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Attempts to shut down such people in the name of reason must be opposed.
 
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‘Attempts to Increase Bitcoin's Supply Would End Up With Another "Bitcoin”’ •••
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Anyone thinking about the U.S. Constitution may find this interesting.
 
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Herland Forest ••• Natural Burial Cemetery - managed by members of the Windward Community ••• As a cooperative community of over 30 years, Windward is dedicated to modeling the practical human-scale technologies and integrated village-scale systems needed to support sustainable rural communities on marginal land.
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Stewardship call us to create a lasting home, while connecting with the wider community of life. We recognize that we can only steward what we truly love, and that we can only truly love something that we understand–something that we live with, spend time with and keenly observe, something that inspires us and that we stand beside to protect.
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Herland Forest is a community-based, not-for-profit natural burial cemetery and stewardship forest in south-central Washington about 80 miles east of Portland, OR. We’re dedicated to helping people go home by another way.
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Herland Forest is managed by  members of the Windward Community. A 501(c)(3) transitional center and sustainability education and research center.
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Walt Patrick and the Windward Community •••
 
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Note, in email, from Edward Stringham, President, American Institute for Economic Research •••
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“Something like a pandemic virus can reveal problems that had previously been unseen. 
“The good news is that this problem will pass in time, but a sound strategy right now, in addition to individual caution, is to free the markets to make the world economy less vulnerable to shocks such as this one. 
“What we absolutely should not do is make matters worse through massive coercive measures that panic investors, spread public hysteria, and prohibit people from making the best possible choices for their lives. The old truth pertains in normal times as well as in crisis times: people in their own lives are better managers than government-employed authoritarians who bear no liability for the cost of their decisions.”
 
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Supply chains, dependence, viruses, exodus from China, article ••• by Madison Gesiotto, in The Hill ••• 11 March 2020
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“Just as manufacturers had once moved their factories to China to take advantage of cheap labor, weak regulations, and lower tariffs on exports to developed economies, these companies are now fleeing China for other countries that offer similar business advantages without all of the political baggage from Beijing. The coronavirus outbreak around the world could dramatically accelerate the manufacturing exodus from China, as companies begin to recognize the perils of giving the authoritarian country so much power over their supply chains.”
 
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Bill Bonner, 02 Mar 2020: “What is the appropriate action for a central bank in the event of a pandemic? That is not a question that Powell, Bullard, Trump et al. are going to ask. Because there is only one thing they can do… and it’s completely inappropriate. That’s the charm of the feds… There is no calamity – natural or manmade – that they can’t make worse. All they have to work with is fake money. They either add it. Or take it away. Guess which one they are planning to do now?” —Bill Bonner’s Diary, free subscription through Bonner & Partners •••
 
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Jim Mellon, on a variety to topics •••
 
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February 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
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“Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson: A great one has passed” ••• by CFACT Ed, February 28th, 2020 — a man to remember.
 
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Jon Barron: “More than Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the New Coronavirus ••• Baseline of Health Foundation” — Jon Barron’s writings on health are excellent.
 
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Rural-Urban Balance: Effect of internet by satellite, SpaceX and Starlink •••
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SpaceX/Starlink is leveraging its experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy the world's most advanced broadband internet system.
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In America 3.0 ••• Bennett & Lotus suggest that this kind of service will completely change the market for real estate all over the world as rural locations become as well served by internet as urban areas: “In this emerging economy, there will be no need for crowding masses of people together …” -pg. 205
 
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Woodson Center ••• 1776 Project, slavery in the United States
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“Slavery was a dystopic form of socialism where slaves faced 100% taxation and received compensation only “according to their needs,” as determined by slaveholders. The end of slavery eliminated these horrible disincentives and inefficiencies, and can be viewed as the largest, most successful targeted tax cut in U.S. history. America succeeded despite slavery, not because of it, and only began to hit its stride when slaves were free at last.” ••• ~WSJ, 27Feb20
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Our Founding Principles:
• Low-income individuals and neighborhood-based organizations should play a central role in the design and implementation of programs to address the problems of their communities.
• An effective approach to societal problems must be driven by the same principles that function in the market economy, recognizing the importance of competition, entrepreneurship, cost efficiency, and an expectation of return on investment.
• Value-generating and faith-based initiatives are uniquely qualified to address problems of poverty that are related to behavior and life choices.
 
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Erik Voorhees: Within Five Years There Will Be a Major Financial Meltdown and Crypto Will Be Ready •••
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“Bitcoin: It may fail but we now know how to do it” ••• Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jan 2018, on Medium •••
 
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Michael Strong meets creators early in their lives, Ethan (age 5)
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“In addition to my three year video series with Alana, now age seven, today I had my first call with Ethan, age five. After he acknowledges that it is weird talking on video like this, we quickly get into his building projects. I ask him what he thinks about, and he thinks about building things. At around 2:58 he acknowledges that he is a "creator." It turns out that he is already drawing pictures of what he wants to build before he builds it. He acknowledges that he was not doing it this way back when he was three. I dig into his creative process a bit and am amazed at how sophisticated he is already. Here I'm getting to know him and his world, how comfortable he is talking about ideas, how aware he is of his own creative process, and feeling out how comfortable he'll be going deeper. Much of this is trust building and a diagnosis of how abstractly he is thinking. I'm observing where he is and how far we can go with respect to exploring his intellectual and creative world in various ways going forward. He is way ahead of most children his age as a self-empowered, self-aware, creator.” ••• ~video, YouTube
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• - “Our program is especially well-suited to young people who are ready to take responsibility for their own learning, and are purpose-driven, entrepreneurial, unconventional, or intellectually curious.” —Michael Strong, founder
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Michael Strong •••
 
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Columbia University Seminar on Innovation ••• co-chaired by Ronald Gross, author: Socrates' Way, Peak Learning, The Great School Debate; and other books. ~thanks to Ron Gross
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“The focus of this Seminar is on the process of change  -- in individuals, organizations, and society.  Its scope includes personal change throughout the lifespan, and organizational change via major institutions including mass media,  business enterprises, libraries, voluntary organizations, cyber-culture, and educational systems, as well as processes ranging from socialization and enculturation, to civic discourse, meaningful conversation, and independent scholarship.”
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Explorers Foundation investment in the work of Ron Gross •••
 
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How Major Change Happens
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“The normal process of change through political and bureaucratic systems is very gradual and primarily serves the immediate interests of those in the system itself. Real change happens through punctuated equilibria. Certain crucial moments in history arise in which small groups of effective people with proper understandings can entirely recast systems, working usually through ad-hoc entities thrown up outside the regular system but able to steer the direction of events.” ~Jim Bennett
 
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Bill Sardi, contra almost everything we hear about the current virus outbreak.
 
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“Viral Alarm: When Fury Overcomes Fear” An Essay ••• by Xu Zhangrun, Translated and Annotated by Geremie R. Barmé — written by a brave man, and published in Beijing in Chinese in early February 2020 and published in English 10 Feb 2020 by ChinaFile •••
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‘First and foremost, the political life of the nation is in a state of collapse and the ethical core of the system has been rendered hollow. The ultimate concern of China’s polity today and that of its highest leader is to preserve at all costs the privileged position of the Communist Party and to maintain ruthlessly its hold on power. “The Broad Masses of People” are nothing more than a taxable unit, a value-bearing cipher in a metrics-based system of social management geared towards stability maintenance. “The People” is a rubric that describes the price everyone has to pay to prop up the existing system. We are funding the countless locusts—large and small—whose continued existence depends on a totalitarian system.’
 
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“Miss Virginia” ••• [trailer] — vouchers
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Individual heroism in opposition to established power and indifference. A great movie.
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Vouchers for every child’s education would be a step forward, followed by gradual replacement of tax derived funds with voluntarily sourced funds.
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Review ••• [The Spool] . Latest stories •••
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Moving Picture Institute •••
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“The Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator that creates and supports high-impact film and video content designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom.”
 
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“Journalism is suffering from a crisis of its own making” - Sharyl Attkisson, 2015 ••• [YouTube]
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Detailed insight into how the relationship between government and media works, and how it has changed for the worse. Attkisson has been a victim of this change. However, her exclusion from main media has created an opportunity for her that she is using well.
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vSheridan [explorers foundation’s vortex on free press]
 
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Founding Startup Societies: A Step By Step Guide ••• by Mark Frazier and Joseph McKinney
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“Based on the authors’ experience in over 50 countries and over 120 projects, it is the most comprehensive guide to building areas of policy reform. 
“The Guidebook covers 20 steps to create a Startup Society, from designing small pilots to running a full-scale city. It also introduces five unique best practices for making Startup Societies: creating consortiums to deliver immediate value, launching competitions to find local partners, leading with gifts for grassroots residents, lifting barriers to investment, and sharing upsides with local communities.”
 
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Mosaic Warfare ••• Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies •••
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“Mosaic uses highly resilient networks of redundant nodes and multiple kill paths to minimize the critical system value of U.S. nodes that an enemy could target. This ensures U.S. forces are effective in contested environments. At the same time, disaggregated functionality would allow a mosaic force to be highly adaptable across the spectrum of military operations. Mosaic combines the attributes of highly capable, high-end systems with the volume and agility afforded by numerous smaller force elements that can be rearranged into many different configurations or presentations. When composed together, these smaller elements complete operational observe–orient–decide–act cycles (“OODA loops”) and kill chains. Like LEGO® blocks that nearly universally fit together, mosaic forces can be composed together in a way to create packages that can effectively target an adversary’s system with just-enough overmatch to succeed.” —Restoring America’s Military Competitiveness: Mosaic Warfare, By Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.) and Heather Penney with Maj Gen Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.) and Mark Gunzinger
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Worth reading to develop thinking about freeorder: utilizing a proliferation of networked OODA loops (see Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War •••)
 
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Toward relief from abusive decisions of administrative agencies — from an email:
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••• Petition Pending Before Arizona Supreme Court Would Fix Inadvertent Error in JRAD Rule 3 — R-20-0008 Petition to Amend Rule 3
 
Washington, DC (February 4, 2019) – The New Civil Liberties Alliance has filed a Petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to amend Rule 3 of the Rules of Procedure for Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions (JRAD Rule 3) because it ignores the current statute (A.R.S. 12-911) passed almost 50 years ago. The purpose of A.R.S. 12-911, which only requires a showing of “good cause,” is to make it easier to maintain the status quo while a neutral, independent judge evaluates the disputed administrative decision. But in 2017, the Court inadvertently amended its own court rules and made it harder to obtain such stays. The Supreme Court failed to catch the error in time, and the flawed rule stands today in the way of the legislature’s carefully crafted objective of protecting the public from the administrative proceedings of state agencies. 
 
Without this check on agency decisions, it is harder to control the Administrative State. Administrative adjudication in Arizona is rife with self-serving decisions issued by agencies acting as prosecutors, relief, judges, and enforcers. JRAD Rule 3 makes it extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive for JRAD appellants to obtain any effective relief through the courts against a state agency’s abuses. NCLA’s Petition asks the Court to correct this error and bring its court rules into compliance with the statute.
 
The Court has opened the comment period on NCLA’s Petition. Comments should be submitted on or before May 1, 2020, at the following online site: https://www.azcourts.gov/Rules-Forum/aft/1079
 
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Mosaic Warfare ••• (Epoch Times video, with text): a good example of freeorder thinking
 
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Cultural shift: To be may become more important than to seem …
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“… to work in Tesla’s artificial intelligence department does not require a specific degree.
‘A PhD is definitely not required … I don’t care if you even graduated high school’ Tesla boss Elon Musk said on Twitter on Feb. 2.” — WSJ
 
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Brexit — “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” ••• Winston S. Churchill, November 10, 1942. Jim Bennett has drawn our attention to this quotation on the day Britain left the European Union, and then Jim added: “The work of demolition has been completed.  The construction of CANZUK can now commence.”
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CANZUK Union •••
 
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January 2020 - threads of freeorder
 
Brexit
31 January 2020, 2300 GMT
The Anglosphere Challenge ••• by James C. Bennett, 2004
Victor Hill, on Brexit •••
 
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“Homeless community at East Austin camp creates committee 'for the homeless, run by the homeless’” ••• ~thanks to Barbara Johnson ••• whose email subject was “The endless wonder of human beings” 🐬
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Another creation of the informals: See Hernando de Soto, The Other Path •••
 
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Mutual Aid ••• (the entire book, without charge) by Peter Kropotkin ••• (a short biography by Jeff Riggenbach) — the concept of mutual aid is fundamental to the vision of freeorder. This is a fascinating book (1902) by a great geographer, anthropologist, and historian.
 
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The Impeachment Handbook ••• with John Yoo ••• & Richard Epstein ••• Friday, January 17, 2020, interview by Peter Robinson, Hoover Institution [see next entry below]
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“The impeachment proceedings against President Trump has now reached the Senate and to help our viewers navigate the legal and political issues surrounding it, Peter Robinson sits down with the Hoover Institution’s Visiting Fellow John Yoo and Senior Fellow Richard Epstein, two of the foremost legal scholars in the country.”
 
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Uncommon Knowledge ••• — interviews by Peter Robinson ••• Hoover Institution ••• ~thanks to Jameson Campaigne •••
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Jameson Campaigne writes: “Some marvelous, high-level presentations here. Worth checking maybe once a month. Both audio-only and video choices for each. Great for upper-level college students. The links below with "0" after them are audio-only, but video also available. Peter Thiel talk at the Mont Pelerin meeting not listed, yet. For long drives/flights, dumping audios onto a Bluetoothed laptop or phone an option. The links below merely those I might wish to view, some time:
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Stopping here at page 19. There are 73 pages in all.
 
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“We now have evidence that close contact existed between the First Emperor’s China and the West before the formal opening of the Silk Road …” •••
 
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Peter Robinson interviews ••• Daniel Hannan about his book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, published in 2010. This interview is of lasting value.
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Daniel Hannan at CATO Institute, September 2010 •••
 
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A Prosecutor's Job, U.S. Supreme Court, 1935 - not to win cases but to assure that justice shall be done
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"Long ago, in a case called Berger [U.S. Supreme Court: Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78 (1935)], the Supreme Court set the standard for the conduct of US attorneys:
The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all, and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done. As such, he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor--indeed, he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one." —Found in Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, by Sidney Powell
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Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 78 (1935) •••
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Sidney Powell’s website •••
 
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Sidney Powell ••• author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice ••• defends ••• General Michael T. Flynn against a justice system become destructive of truth and liberty.
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… “Flynn is innocent of all charges, the government’s allegations are false, and evidence the government released only recently needs to be reviewed and addressed.  Mr. Flynn was always truthful, and future filings will make that clear.  Gen. Flynn has been targeted by vindictive and unprincipled prosecutors. … Gen. Flynn … has fulfilled his commitments to cooperate with the investigation in good faith.  The same cannot be said for the prosecution.  We will work now to reclaim his good name for his sake and that of his family, and to help restore trust in our justice system by standing up against the scandal and abuses of his unjust prosecution.” [this is glyph 620]
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https://licensedtolie.com — “Licensed to Lie reveals the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power to the highest halls of our government.”
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vGuardian - on defense of producers against predators, outside and within government
 
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“The successful flight of former automobile executive Carlos Ghosn to his native Lebanon from the kangaroo court of Japan should be seen as a victory for individual liberties.” ••• by Conrad Black ••• author of A Matter of Principle ••• an account of prosecutorial abuse
 
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The 1619 Project Debate: A Bibliography ••• Phillip W. Magness – January 3, 2020
 
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Patents and Copyrights: Do we need them? Tom W. Bell has written on copyright and a lot of what he has written is useful in thinking about patents. ~thanks to Justin Longo and Josh Souter for raising good questions
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Intellectual Privilege: Copyright, Common Law, and the Common Good ••• Tom W. Bell ••• published by Mercatus Center ••• at George Mason University.
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“Two views dominate the debate over copyright policy. The view from the left tends to question all restraints on expression, whether they arise from censorship, copyright, or the common law, and regards property rights as far from sacrosanct. From the right, in contrast, copyright looks like any other sort of property, which as such demands the same respect afforded to tangible property like land, buildings, and tools. Each viewpoint reveals important truths: copyright impinges on freedoms of expression, even while its exclusive rights stimulate the creation of new works. Both viewpoints, however, fail to perceive copyright’s most distinguishing feature: its origin as a statutory privilege distinctly different from, and less justified than, the rights Americans enjoy thanks to the common law. These pages build on that insight to offer a third view of copyright, one that does not quite fit the traditional left-right divide. You might think of it as a (not the) libertarian view, given that reasonable libertarians will disagree with many of this book’s finer points and some of its major ones. Regardless of how you label this approach, though, it offers fresh answers to unresolved questions about the best way forward for copyright law and policy.” —Tom W. Bell
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Things the book covers:
• A bird’s-eye view of the common law
• An economic model for maximizing copyright’s social benefits
• A history of the non-natural, statutory origins of copyright
• Reasons for respecting others’ copyrights
• An understanding of copyright as a type of statutory privilege, not property
• The indelicate imbalancing of copyright policy
• Fared use as a welcome relief from the misty boundaries of fair use
• Using copyright’s misuse defense to open an exit to the common law
• Why and how to deregulate access to original expressive works
• The benefits of uncopyright and an open copyright system
• An account of why we will outgrow the need for copyright.
 
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“Remember the Common Law” ••• excellent, brief, by Jim Harper
 
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Alma Deutscher, ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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Piano Concerto ••• (YouTube); Violin Concerto ••• (YouTube)
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Trio movement for violin, viola and piano ••• (YouTube)
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Given four notes, at random (b, a, e-flat, g), Alma improvises •••
 
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Frederick Douglass: A biography •••
 
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Australian fires and temperature not worst ever: “It has been hotter, fires have burnt larger areas” ••• 4 Jan 2020 Jennifer Marohasy ••• offers information critical of most of what we are being told.
 
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Which book to read next? JD Bertron explains how economics can help: “New Year, New Books” •••
 
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Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography ••• Karl Popper
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A good introduction is Philosophy and the Real World ••• (Amazon) by Bryan Magee, published by Open Court
 
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Money that does not lose purchasing power every day? These articles by Keith Wiener explain how that might be made to happen: “The Unadulterated Gold Standard” ••• January 11, 2017 by Kieth Wiener ••• founder of The Gold Standard Institute ••• ~thanks to JD Bertron, Business Resilience Insights ••• vMulligan
 
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Some thoughts on education and political priorities — Summary: Although we understand some systems well enough to make precise or statistical predictions, most interesting systems - whether physical, mental, cultural, or virtual - are complex, nonlinear, and have properties that emerge from feedback between many interactions. Exhaustive searches of all possibilities are impossible. Unfathomable and unintended consequences dominate. Problems cascade. Complex systems are hard to understand, predict and control.” ••• by Dominic Cummings, aide and strategist for Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister. This is a 237 page pdf beginning with a three page summary. Interesting threads are woven together in this article.
 
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“Can the New Silk Road Compete with the Maritime Silk Road?” ••• ~thanks to Valnora Leister, author of a book about the Lusosphere •••
 
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The importance of Error Correction: Preserving institutions of error correction more important than policy
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Note: The article referred to by Cummings (below) does not seem to be at the link given. The quotation from Deutsch about error correction can be found on Twitter. This link ••• possibly goes to the paper Cummings has mentioned.
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“PPS. The foundation problem with the EU was best summarised by the brilliant physicist David Deutsch, the man who extended Alan Turing’s 1936 paper on computation into the realm of quantum mechanics. Deutsch said: ‘The EU is incompatible with Britain’s more advanced political culture. I’m voting Leave… [E]rror correction is the basic issue, and I can’t foresee the EU improving much in this respect… [P]reserving the institutions of error correction is more important than any policy… Whether errors can be corrected without violence is not a “concern” but a condition for successfully addressing concerns.’” —this is from Dominic Cummings blog •••
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Cummings is an important strategist for Boris Johnson.
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Error correction is one of the deepest requirements of freeorder - see the works of Karl Popper. A good introduction is Philosophy and the Real World ••• (Amazon) by Bryan Magee, published by Open Court
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See also the website ••• of Rafe Champion for good articles about Popper.
 
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New York, Conversations! •••
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“Lively-minded New Yorkers like you are coming together in conversations that are exhilarating and empowering. Join us to make your life even more enjoyable, interesting, and meaningful.” ~thanks to Ron Gross x.com, a close friend of Socrates
 
Socrates_Subway
Ron Gross and his friend, Socrates
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December 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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An exchange of letters of mutual affection and criticism: EU and Britain
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Frans Timmermans: “My love letter to Britain: family ties can never really be severed” •••
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Daniel Hannan responds: “A letter to the Eurocrats: Britain’s quarrel is with you, not with Europe” •••
 
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David French on growing division based on political tribalism •••
 
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Irshad Manji: “Worry Less About Offending People And More About Being Able To Take Offense” ••• (YouTube, about 3 minutes, 6 March 2019) ~thanks to Marcy Ayanian
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Explorers Foundation’s page on Irshad Manji ••• vIjtihad
 
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“Bettina Brentano: A virtuoso muse” ••• by Jan Swafford, in The Guardian, August 2003: An introduction to a most extraordinary woman, whose inspiration enters into the story of freeorder. [this is glyph 554]
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“… Bettina had a horror of the ordinary. To Clemens [her brother] she wrote, in terms she would echo for the rest of her life: ‘It is no use telling me to be calm; to me that conveys sitting with my hands in my lap, looking forward to the broth we are having for supper... My soul is a passionate dancer; she dances to hidden music which only I can hear... Whatever police the world may prescribe to rule the soul, I refuse to obey them.’” ~thanks to Jan Swafford for preserving the memory of this extraordinary woman
There is speculation that this magnificent declaration ••• of Beethoven's about music and his own place in the world may have been written by Bettina. If so, we owe her thanks: she captured an immortal truth.
 
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“The New Civil Liberties Alliance ••• has filed a lawsuit ••• in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the funding mechanism for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as unconstitutional. Specifically, NCLA alleges that Congress unlawfully divested its legislative appropriations power when it gave CFPB the ability to draw funding directly from the Federal Reserve, without annual appropriations from Congress and without oversight from the appropriations committees of Congress.”
 
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A moment out of Tolkien: ‘On Twitter, a Yorkshireman confirmed that locals were “coming down from the hills to see off the dark forces”.’ Sometimes I love the visionary atavism of the British people — an atavism that leaps chasms of darkness to light on the other side.
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The quotation was found in an article ••• by Allison Pearson ••• published in The Telegraph ••• (most of the content is behind a paywall).
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On the significance of cultural atavism see the recent book by Emmanuel Todd, Lineages of Modernity: A History of Humanity from the Stone Age to Homo Americanus
 
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Initiative for Free Trade ••• “Makes the intellectual and moral case for free trade, and sees Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as a unique opportunity to revitalise the world trading system.”
 
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Janet Daley, in The Telegraph, London, 12 Dec 2019, 10:3pm GMT: “Well I have to admit it. I burst into tears. The people of Britain have spoken - the real people. Not the social media trolls or the Twitter addicts or that whole parallel universe of ghosts who seemed - to the credulous - to be what politics was about now, but the grown-up, decent, rational people of this country who have once again asserted their right to be heard.
"And because Boris Johnson insisted that this was a Brexit election - with that endlessly repeated mantra about ‘getting Brexit done’ - this was more than an election: it was a second referendum too. So that’s the end of that.”
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The Anglosphere Challenge vAnglosphere by James C. Bennett
 
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Sharyl Attkisson ••• is writing for The Epoch Times ••• vSheridan
 
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Jim Bennett: “The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch: Here are cooperative ways for government agencies and the private sector to promote widespread commercialization of space transportation and accelerate the pace of exploration and economic development of space” ••• by Jeff Greason ••• and James C. Bennett •••, June 5, 2019
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“The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch” - The full study ••• the basis for the above article. vWatt
 
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Artisanal gold miners: “A group of international organizations, led by Switzerland’s Better Gold Initiative (BGI), has extended their responsible mining initiative to hundreds of artisanal gold miners from El Chocó, Colombia, which are now part of a fully traceable and accountable international supply chain.” ••• by Cecilia Jamasmie ••• of Mining.com
 
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Britain: “I said earlier that no general election this century has been pivotal. That is true, but one popular vote has been – the Leave result in 2016. It was the most comprehensive democratic repudiation of our establishments that this country has known.” —Charles Moore, The Telegraph, Dec 6, 2019.”It may not feel like it, but this election could turn out to be as pivotal as 1945 or 1979” ••• ~subscription may be required
 
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Joel Kotkin: Mayors Won’t Rule the World: ‘As big city politics shift ever further to the left, particularly on climate and “social justice” issues, not only are they becoming toxic to the middle class, they are becoming places many avoid rather than models that invite imitation.’ http://www.newgeography.com/content/006484-mayors-wont-rule-world
 
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Discussions going on regarding water use and conservation, watersheds, wetlands, riparian zones, Colorado Headwaters, Colorado water law ~thanks to Jerry Mallett and Ed Warner
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Colorado Headwaters •••
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Peaks to People Water Fund •••
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Sand County Foundation •••
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Illustrated explanation of mountain meadow revival ••• from American Rivers •••
 
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If a venture participating in freeorder network were to engage at top levels with one of Europe's largest financial institutions it could raise questions about culture to which this would be a valuable input, because to know a tree well it is good to know about its roots.
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“Miracle Men: How Market Liberals Saved Germany from Economic Catastrophe:
A little implementation of free-market principles goes a long way” ••• by Samuel Gregg ••• research director at the Acton Institute •••
 
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Stephen Ministry ••• is a lay care giving ministry that supplements Christ’s Episcopal Church pastoral care. ~thanks to Dennis Smith
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Stephen Ministry is a one on one ministry that provides servants who listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to others who are facing crisis or are going through tough times. The care … is confidential. The confidential relationship, usually conducted by weekly visits, may continue for months or years.
 
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On Individualism ••• Alan Macfarlane ••• (whose work is a principle resource for freeorder)
 
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November 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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Civilization can revive “… when there shall come into being in a number of individuals a new tone of mind independent of the one prevalent among the crowd and in opposition to it. A new public opinion must be created privately and unobtrusively . The existing one is maintained by the press, by propaganda, by organization, and by financial and other influences which are at its disposal. The unnatural way of spreading ideas must be opposed y the natural one, which goes from man to man and relies solely on the truth of the thoughts and the hearer’s receptiveness for new truth.” —Albert Schweitzer ~widely quoted, source?
 
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“Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland” ••• a feature-length documentary film has raised the funds (through Kickstarter •••) needed for final filming, editing, and release. ~thanks to Susan Marcinkus and Larry Jacobs Producers, Manifest Films, Inc.
 
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We are fully on board with George Gilder, and his new venture, Gilder Press ••• a franchise within Laissez Faire Books, LLC ••• an independent publisher of technology and financial research. — participants in freeorder network may call me for details (see “contact”) -ls ~thanks to Jameson Campaigne
 
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Thanksgiving and the Birth of American Free Enterprise ••• by Richard M. Ebeling
 
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Holodomor Memorial Day in Ukraine and Around the Globe ••• by Marianna Davidovich Brashear •••
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“Today [24Nov19] the world remembers the atrocities inflicted by the horrific communist and socialist policies of Stalin and the USSR. There is nothing more important than human rights and continuing the fight for freedom for every human being.” … “For over 50 years, Holodomor was erased from history through cover-ups and denials and was never memorialized.”
 
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Nanodust ••• unclonable diamond identity layer on any object - registered on blockchain
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“DUST Identity developed a solution that utilizes nanodiamonds to create an unclonable identity layer on any object. An optical scanner and cloud-based infrastructure provide an interface to the object identity and provenance. DUST ensures that trusted data and verifiable products are used and traced across their full lifecycle. This foundational technology can be utilized with blockchains to extend the trusted digital thread by securely anchoring it to products, parts, packaging and documents.” vWatt
 
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To catch a thief - a short video ••• admirable, amusing, cheering. ~thanks to Tim Kern
 
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Second Amendment Sanctuary: If you think it’s good for people to be able to defend themselves against physical attack then this might be of interest: “Second Amendment Sanctuary, Step by Step Guide to Make It Happen, Example Resolutions” ••• by Dave Workman, a senior editor at the GunMag, a publication of the Second Amendment Foundation •••
 
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J’Accuse ••• A letter to the President of the French Republic by Émil Zola, published 13 Jan 1893, covered the entire front page of Georges Clemenceu’s newspaper, “L’Aurore”, exposing the corruption of the leadership of the French Army, whose lies led the false conviction for treason of Alfred Dreyfus, who was fully exonerated only in 1906. vSheridan
 
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“The Texas Bullion Depository Bill was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 12, 2015, officially establishing the first ever state-administered precious metals bullion depository (HB 483; originally filed and submitted by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R - Southlake)). The establishment of the Texas Bullion Depository creates an official depository operation, operated under contract with the State of Texas by Lone Star Tangible Assets of Austin, Texas.” —https://www.texasbulliondepository.gov/first-in-class
 
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The American Idea: Core Documents ••• available without charge online, from the Ashbrook Center •••
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“The Ashbrook Center seeks to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. Ashbrook teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.” —Mission of Ashland Center •••
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Teaching American History ••• a program of Ashland Center
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Interactive timeline of historical documents •••
 
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PadSplit ••• a co-living startup formed in 2017 offers one solution for inexpensive housing.
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A National Review article ••• about PadSplit
 
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“The California Exodus Is Real” ••• by Ronald Stein, of Fox and Hounds ••• reposted by Joel Kotkin
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“The Immigrant Worker Protection Act (GC, Section 7285.1) says an employer who follows federal immigration law is now violating California law, is committing a crime, and is subject to significant fines. At the same time, it is also a crime if an employer fails to follow federal immigration laws.” -from the above article
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NewGeography.com is a site devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where we live and work. We want to know not only what is happening, but also how you, your company and your community can best adapt to rapidly changing conditions.
 
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The TANK Center for Sonic Arts ••• Rangely, Colorado
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“The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is an unusual arts venue--a tank, literally, an empty seven-story water tank in Rangely, Colorado, discovered in the 70's to have extraordinary acoustic resonance, a reverberation longer and richer than the Taj Mahal’s. At this point, The Tank is a fully-equipped recording venue and concert site, as well as a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization, founded in 2013. The place has become a haven for the local music community and a unique destination for artists, sonic explorers, and curious visitors to learn to listen in a whole new way.”
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Three Days at the Tank ••• by guitarist Bill Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison
 
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A movement to take Alberta ••• Saskatchewan ••• Manitoba ••• out of Canada is gaining strength. ~thanks to Jim Bennett, author of The Anglosphere Challenge
 
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Bee keeping firm 🐝🐝🐝 seeking large building rooftops; businesses, schools, libraries. Full service, and workshops for anyone interested in the bees. ~thanks to Linx Selby, who works for bees in Dallas and Houston, contact Linx through Alvéole 🐝🐝🐝
 
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Legalized Theft of Real Estate ••• Pacific Legal Foundation is taking this to court: “Michigan has twisted the foreclosure process into nothing more than government sanctioned theft, allowing officials to seize and sell the property of delinquent taxpayers—and keep all proceeds above what’s needed to pay off the debt.” vGuardian
 
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Jim Bennett will be moderating a panel at the Space Settlement Summit, 13-14 Nov 2019 in Pasadena, CA. Detailed Schedule ••• (Jim’s panel is “What are the material developments of the last 12 months?”) ~thanks to Jim Bennett, co-author of America 3.0
 
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“Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead: In eastern England, a motley team of farmers, university researchers and conservationists is digging into the region’s barley and wheat fields to turn back the clock.” ••• ~thanks to Jerry Mallett, Colorado Headwaters •••
 
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Daniel Hannan ••• on November 2 wrote in The Telegraph ••• about the Gunpowder Plot: ‘Next week, as every year at this season, orange sparks will rise from 10,000 bonfires. We can be a surprisingly unhistorical people, but there is one date that we all “remember, remember”. Ponder, as you stand before the roaring flames, how unusual it is that our greatest surviving folk tradition is a celebration of parliamentary sovereignty. No other nation in the world defines its identity through its elected assembly.’ —most of the Telegraph’s content is behind a paywall
 
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Labels, Learning and Love ••• - Lois Holzman interviews Irshad Manji, author of Don’t Label Me, New York City, Monday, November 11, 2019
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“The first Fred Newman Lecture presents educator and author, Irshad Manji, whose writings and media appearances have made her a lightning rod for the international debate over identity—in dialogue with interviewer Lois Holzman, director East Side Institute and Newman’s intellectual partner for forty years. Manji’s recent book,  Don't Label Me, is a gutsy guide to reclaiming our humanity in a time of trenchant tribalism and bears family resemblances to Newman’s claim that identity is holding back human development.”
 
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The Physics Hypertextbook ••• by Glenn Ehlert •••
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“Too many textbooks are written by corporations, not authors. This is especially true of the textbooks for secondary schools. They sound like they were written by no one. The Physics Hypertextbook is written by me and should have a recognizable voice to it. Whether or not it's a good voice is, of course, open to debate.”
 
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FIRE ••• defends freedom of speech on campus; praises President Obama •••
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“Former President Barack Obama specifically discussed college campuses in remarks this week about the “danger” of “call-out culture” and the importance of being willing to hear opposing viewpoints. FIRE appreciates his remarks based on the calls for censorship we see too often on college campuses, which regularly result in the punishment of a student or professor for their views.” — “Obama on Call-Out Culture: ‘That’s Not Activism’
The former president challenged young activists for being judgmental. ‘You should get over that quickly,’ he said.” ••• (New York Times)
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Virginia Postrel, author of The Fabric Of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World ••• is a Director of FIRE
 
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A thought: Spaces into which flow as yet unconscious bits of freeorder, able to self-assemble into new coherence as each responds to aligning fields comprising the bounding walls. -ls
 
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Karen Christensen, of Berkshire Publishing Group ••• about good places ••• that are neither home nor work, building on The Great Good Place, by Ray Oldenburg, 1989.
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Also from Karen, a free ebook, The Good Library Manual ••• by Tim Coates
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Berkshire China Launch ••• 2017
 
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Top British troupe to make China debut of Shakespeare classics ••• ~thanks to Alan Macfarlane
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“NANCHANG, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Cambridge Shakespeare Festival artistic director David Crilly will lead his troupe to stage classic Shakespeare dramas in the hometown of Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu in east China's Jiangxi Province during a Sino-British culture exchange week in October. The premiers of the dramas including "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet" will be a highlight at the Tang Xianzu International Theater Exchange Month held in the city of Fuzhou from Oct. 19 to the end of November. … During the upcoming exchange month, two lectures will be given by Alan Macfarlane, professor of social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and Lucy Hamilton, editor-in-chief of literature at Cam Rivers Publishing •••.” —Nanchang, Sept. 17 (Xinhua)
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.”
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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October 2019 - threads of freeorder
 
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COSM Conference just over - interesting list of speakers ••• including George Gilder
 
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“What’s at Stake in the Debate over AI?” •••
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“Well-respected scholars have advanced the idea of a singularity, in which computers will soon exceed the abilities of humans in all areas, whereupon humans will either become extinct or either be relegated to the status of a computer’s pet or have the good sense to upload themselves and thereby in fact become computers. Such speculations reject the strong evidence that humans have abilities that exceed any capacities of computers. This includes both computers as they exist now and as they might exist in the future.” —from the pages of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence •••
 
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“… General Flynn’s case is shaping up to be the biggest instance of prosecutorial misconduct since the Dreyfus affair (France, 1894-1906, which badly-educated Americans most certainly know nothing about).” —James Howard Kunstler ••• “The Fumes of Fanaticism” •••
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Flynn has a great defense attorney, Sydney Powell ••• author of Licensed To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.
 
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“Czechs in Chicago: A Home in the Heartland” ••• a feature-length documentary film - now at Kickstarter! ••• to fund final filming, editing, and release.
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“A feature-length documentary film in progress, being made by Manifest Films (S. Marcinkus & L. Jacobs, producers) for broadcast on Chicago PBS, WTTW11 Television. WTTW has been at the forefront of telling the stories of the many immigrants who have helped build the city of Chicago . . . the Irish, Italians, Poles, Jews, Greeks, Lithuanians, Puerto Ricans and others. Yet there is one ethnic group whose stories remain untold: the Czechs. . . That’s about to change!” ~thanks to Susan Marcinkus and Larry Jacobs Producers, Manifest Films, Inc.
 
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Paul Jacob ••• on U.S. foreign policy ••• (Superpower Blues) - we cannot make the world in our image by force; but we can praise liberty by example. Paul Jacob, Common Sense ••• — Thought of the Day: “The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government.” -Rose Wilder Lane
 
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Colorado Headwaters Project ••• “… we are pushing forward to marshal private-sector support for protecting, restoring and enhancing our headwaters resources.” ~thanks to Jerry Mallett
 
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Exploration of the home page of ContrarianEdge ••• discovered a “Personal Manifesto” by Vitaliy Katsenelson (VK) derived from many readings of Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life — the author asks that this long article not be posted online as he may decide to make a book of it.
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On ContrarianEdge VK writes: “The book that has had the biggest impact on me the past year is Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I loved this book so much I gave it to every friend as a gift. My 18-year-old son Jonah read it and gave it away as birthday gifts to his friends. I read it twice – that was not enough. Then I listened to it twice on Audible. But even after going over the material four times I did not feel I had internalized it enough. To really understand it, I felt I needed to write about it… so I did.”
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VK says it’s ok to send a friend a link to the article so ask if you would like to receive it. -leif “at” patternresearch “dot” com
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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The dreams and nightmares of four civilisations ••• by Alan Macfarlane — the link is to Fortnightly Review.
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“It is extremely difficult to pierce to the core of a civilisation. However, one indirect, but powerful, way to do this is to examine the dreams and the nightmares that haunt daily life. Civilisations characteristically project their beliefs, identities and anxieties onto a mirror of ‘The Other’.
“The dreams, or ideal types of behaviour to which we should aspire, tell us about the hopes of a civilisation. The anxieties and worries, the way in which this ‘Other’ mirrors the fears of powers that are believed to be trying to undermine a civilisation’s deepest heart and identity, its strongest held beliefs and institutions are equally revealing. Such terrors and dreads, often inherited from previous centuries, still shape the action of people today.
“I will do this for the four civilisations in which I have worked over the years, leaving Islam, about which I know much less from direct experience, on one side.”
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I regard the section on China’s nightmare as essential reading for comprehension of current events. -ls
 
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Oath Keepers ••• is providing protectors at political events: “What happened to the land of the free? What gives anyone the right to dictate that certain political views are unacceptable and therefore a cause for unprovoked violence? No one has that right, especially in this country. Then why is this tolerated by anyone?” vGuardian
 
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Freeorder through freeorder ••• (glyph 614)
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Freeorder names the next stage of social evolution, extending classical and modern liberalism, socialism, and capitalism, incorporating good elements from each. It takes property and negative rights from classical liberalism; compassion from liberalism and from the best of socialism; understanding of market process and the power of voluntary networks from capitalism. Freeorder leaves behind accumulated tyrannical aspects of earlier social ideals, slowly established as a result of foolish attempts to manifest good intentions through means reliant on coercion of the unwilling.
Think of Freeorder as a state of affairs suited to fearless and complete expression of strengths typical of explorers, such as curiosity, wonder, and capacity for strong questioning and venture.
Think of freeorder (balances among designed and spontaneous orders that support exploration) as a turbulent flow of states emergent from discovery processes through which Freeorder evolves.
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Similarly, this applies to exploration within each of us and among all of us.
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There is a lot to question and find fault with in the above. I hope it will start worthwhile discussions.
 
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“First meat grown in space lab 248 miles from Earth: Israeli company successfully cultures bovine cells on International Space Station” ••• ~thanks to Human Progress •••
 
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Mathematics, prime numbers, intriguing abstract of a new paper
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“The concept of waves is very fundamental to classical and modern physics alike, being essential in describing light, sound, and elementary particles, among many other phenomena. In this paper, we show that the wave/particle duality is a phenomenon manifested not only in the physical world and the mathematics that describes it, but also in the simple numbers that form the basic matrix upon which most of our sciences rest. We will also show how this wave-based approach to numbers could be essential to our understanding of the mathematical and physical constants that govern the physical laws as well as the natural elements emerging from them.” — “The Wave Theory of Numbers” ••• by venture investor and manager Robert E. Grant and physicist and number theorist Talal Ghannam PhD. ~thanks to Yasuhiko Genku Kimura ••• (about)
 
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“Compulsory Schooling Laws: What if We Didn't Have Them? Eliminating compulsory schooling laws would break the century-and-a-half stranglehold of schooling on education.” ••• ~thanks to Philip T Trice
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“Teachers Who Quit To Create Schooling Alternatives” ••• by Kerry McDonald ••• (at Forbes)
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Academy of Thought and Industry ••• a school designed by Michael Strong •••
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The power of unfettered peoples to learn will astonish the world. Let’s make it happen. -ls
 
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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge ••• by David McCullough — “The dramatic and enthralling story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time, a tale of greed, corruption, and obstruction but also of optimism, heroism, and determination, told by master historian David McCullough •••” — Quotation at opening of book: “It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge.” —Montgomery Schuyler in Harper’s Weekly, May 24, 1883 ~thanks to the Marcy Ayanian
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“Emily Roebling Saves the Brooklyn Bridge” ••• (1-minute) – American history author David McCullough shines a light on Emily Roebling, the true driving force behind the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
 
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“The Political Thought of Étienne de la Boétie” ••• (free download of the entire book, written in 1552-1553), with an introduction by Murray N. Rothbard. ~thanks to the Ludwig von Mises Institute
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“… I think I do not err in stating that there is in our souls some native seed of reason, which, if nourished by good counsel and training, flowers into virtue, but which, on the other hand, if unable to resist the vices surrounding it, is stifled and blighted. Yet surely if there is anything in this world clear and obvious, to which one cannot close one’s eyes, it is the fact that nature, handmaiden of God, governess of men, has cast us all in the same mold in order that we may behold in one another companions, or rather brothers. If in distributing her gifts nature has favored some more than others with respect to body or spirit, she has nevertheless not planned to place us within this world as if it were a field of battle, and has not endowed the stronger or the cleverer in order that they may act like armed brigands in a forest and attack the weaker. One should rather conclude that in distributing larger shares to some and smaller shares to others, nature has intended to give occasion for brotherly love to become manifest, some of us having the strength to give help to others who are in need of it.” —Étienne de la Boétie
 
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A talk by Richard M. Ebeling, “My Life as an Austrian Economist and a Classical Liberal” ••• given at an event of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) •••
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Raptis Rare Books ••• Palm Beach, Florida, has published an article ••• about Human Action ••• (free download: pdf, epub, html, also audio) by Ludwig von Mises ••• (Liberty Fund).
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Human Action provides a principle foundation for the work of Pattern Research ••• and Explorers Foundation ••• vMises
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“Mises the Movie” ••• currently being produced by a Polish crew in Poland.
 
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Top British troupe to make China debut of Shakespeare classics ••• ~thanks to Alan Macfarlane